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Family Fun Activities

Family Activities

There are a lot of fun things to do at Morris Arboretum for adults, kids and families. Check out some of our Family Fun Activities that are geared towards kids during their visit and engage the whole family. Download and print the activity PDFs and bring them with you the next time you come to visit Morris Arboretum, or Go Green, View it on Screen! Click here for Special Events.


Arboretum Adventure

Hop, squirm, buzz, flap, and scamper your way around the Arboretum with animal guides. Learn how plants and animals support one another along the way! Completing all five activities will take you on an approximate 1.0 mile walk around the Arboretum. Most sites can be seen from the stroller and wheelchair accessible paths, but one animal leads to a grassy and hilly area.

Start your adventure

Arboretum Adventure

Tree Adventure & Out on a Limb
Generously supported by the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation.


Get a bird’s eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above ground level. Or scamper down onto the Squirrel Scramble, a huge hammock-like net where you can look down to the ground far below through the rope netting. Enter a Bird’s Nest and sit on giant robin’s eggs, just waiting to hatch. It’s all part of Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit, connecting us to the natural world, and themed to teach us that we need trees and trees need us.

Designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, the exhibit is a fully accessible, fascinating learning experience for both children and adults. Learn more about the green elements of the design here.

Host your next party at Out on a Limb! Learn more.


Your Guide to Tree Adventure

In 2019, Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit celebrated its 10th anniversary. This fall, new, exciting activities have been added to enhance this interactive experience for visitors of all ages. A new listening station has been added to Out on a Limb to enable visitors to “hear” the sounds of nature from the tree canopy, and new interpretative panels have been installed throughout the garden.

Download the activity guide!

Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit is supported by the Korman Family Foundation.

Your Guide to Tree Adventure

  • Tree Scientist
  • Tree Adventure
  • Kids Sculpture
  • Kids Wetlands
  • Growing Minds
  • Family Events

Family Activity Cards & Tours

Tree Scientist

Family Fun Cards: Be a Tree Explorer & Scientist

Learn how to become a Tree Scientist by making your own field book! Download the PDF activity card


Kids Sculpture

Kids Sculpture Tour (self-guided)

Activities and ideas to engage young visitors to think and interact creatively with the sculptures at Morris Arboretum. Download the PDF activity card


Wetlands Tour

Kids Wetlands Tour (self-guided)

Learn about what wetlands are and why they are important. This guide will teach you the history of the wetlands at Morris Arboretum and help you search for native plants. Identify wetland vegetation and local and migratory animals as you explore the area. Download the PDF activity card


Events for Kids & Families

Special events are scheduled all the time, check the calendar to see what we have upcoming. Learn more


Growing Minds Family Programs

Growing Minds classes inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. They offer children and their caregivers the opportunity to connect meaningfully with nature, through a wide variety of creative and educational programs. Take a look and sign up for these programs that are certain to be enriching, fun, and memorable! Learn more


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Alerts & Updates


COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu. Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact education@morrisarboretum.org.

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact members@morrisarboretum.org.

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to info@morrisarboretum.org.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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